It was incredibly cold and overcast outside when this image was made so I had to make due working with window light and some relatively slow exposure times. Sometimes I like working under such conditions - putting the camera up on a tripod and being incredibly deliberate with each and every click of the shutter. Of course, it really helps when you are working with a model who has a lot of experience in front of the camera and knows how to sit, or stand, very very still.
Each exposure was at about 1/10th of a seconds wide open at f/2.8 with the Hasselblad. The entire photo shoot I was saying to myself, “thank goodness for mirror lockup!!”
I’m happy with the way this image in particular turned out. There is a nice gradation between very bright highlights to very deep shadows. On a technical level you get the entire grayscale spectrum here which is a real pleasure to look at. Plus there is just an odd calmness to the scene. I mean, most of the time people don’t climb up on their kitchen countertops naked to stare out the window and drink coffee. But it works here and comes across as more or less natural.
So who knows… Maybe I just never do that and I’m the odd one out.